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Good Food Education & Training

 

DEGREE PROGRAMS IN FOOD SYSTEMS

  

There are many approaches to getting a college degree that will give you the tools and credentials you need to be an agriculture and food system development practitioner. As they relate to this emerging field, some of the academic approaches you can take include:

 

 Sustainable agriculture: Focuses on growing techniques and livestock management.

 

• Environmental science: Focuses on healthy soils and watersheds; also energy issues.

 

• City and regional planning: Urban planners tend to focus on community food security, while rural planners tend to focus on farmland protection.

 

• Plant science or horticulture: Focuses on plant breeding, pest and disease control.

 

• Agricultural economics: Focuses on financial viability, economic impacts, marketing.

 

• Nutritional sciences: Focuses on food security, hunger, nutrition education.

 

• Sociology and anthropology: Focuses on human values, community development strategies, organizational structure.

 

 

There are a number of sustainable agriculture programs at U.S. universities. There are fewer (but a growing number of) interdisciplinary degree programs in food systems and/or food studies that integrate social, physical, and life sciences and even the liberal arts; they blend sustainable agriculture, food security, value-chain development, food service, and other topics.

 

These programs are much broader than any one of the above degrees alone. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have new information to add to this list. Another source of listings is at the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association.

 

 


 

FEATURED LISTINGS

 

 

University of British Columbia, Land and Food Systems (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Program(s) offered: Bachelor of Science

 

The UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) uses student-centered learning to educate new generations of scientists equipped to solve the most fundamental issues faced by society — those focused around human health, a sustainable food supply and the responsible use of finite land and water resources. One of UBC’s three founding faculties, LFS (formerly Agricultural Sciences) changed its name in 2005 to better reflect its interdisciplinary research and focus on sustainability. The importance of healthy and sustainable land and food systems cannot be underestimated as the foundation that touches almost every area of our lives and the lives of our local and global communities. We are educating students to be global citizens, capable of creating change and critically considering issues vital to the sustainability and advancement of local and global communities. Using an integrated approach that unites scientific knowledge and interdisciplinary studies, our graduates use an international perspective to address pressing societal issues. Students are encouraged to direct their own education and bring classroom theories to life through problem-based learning, co-op and exchange programs, community service learning and new learning technologies.

 

 

University of California-Davis, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (Davis, California)

Program(s) offered: Bachelor of Science

 

UC Davis faculty and students are developing a new undergraduate major in sustainable agriculture and food systems. The major will include several innovative features designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to develop and work in more ecologically, economically, and socially viable food and farming systems. 

 

 

University of California–Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (Santa Cruz, California)

Program(s) offered: Apprenticeships, Research, Education

 

The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems is a research, education, and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system. On the UCSC campus, the Center operates the 2-acre Alan Chadwick Garden and the 25-acre Farm. Both sites are managed using organic production methods and serve as research, teaching, and training facilities for students, staff, and faculty.

 

 

College of the Atlantic, Sustainable Food Systems (Bar Harbor, Maine)

Program(s) offered: Human Ecology B.A. and M.Phil.

 

According to the COA, understanding food and its production requires insights from history, anthropology, economics, politics, ecology, botany, and chemistry. Accordingly, they have a diverse and interdisciplinary set of classes in the area of farming and food systems, such as Agroecology, Edible Botany, The Art and Science of Fermentation, and Agriculture and Biotechnology. 

 

 

Chatham University, Food Studies Program (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Program(s) offered: Master of Arts in Food Studies (MAFS)

 

Chatham's M.A. in Food Studies emphasizes a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing intellectual and practical experience from field to table. One of the greatest attributes a food studies education can supply is understanding. Understanding of how food is grown, treated, harvested, sold, purchased, consumed, shared, and disposed of. Understanding of the impact it has on its suppliers, consumers, and environment. And understanding of how it affects us all.

 

 

Green Mountain College, Masters of Sustainable Food Systems (Distance Learning Degree)

Program(s) offered: Master of Science

 

The M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems is the first distance learning program of its kind in the country. We recognize that people working in changing food systems tend to be rooted in place, and the MSFS program allows students to remain committed to their communities and professions. Not only do students explore their own bioregional foodsheds, but they also contrast their findings with students from other parts of the U.S. and abroad, enhancing their understanding of food system dynamics and leverage points for change.

  

 

Iowa State University, Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Program (Ames, Iowa)

Program(s) offered: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

 

The Sustainable Agriculture major is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary education emphasizing experiential learning opportunities. Our program builds on a solid foundation of agricultural science, while providing courses and professional development opportunities in the biological, social, and economic elements of sustainability.

 

 

Kansas State University, M.S. in Horticulture with an emphasis in Urban Food Systems (Manhattan, Kansas)

Program(s) offered: Master of Science

 

The aim of this program is to study the potential an urban food system has in community building and economic development, educating youth and others about nutrition and wise food choices, and providing a source for nutritious food grown locally or regionally with the participation of urban residents. The specialization places an emphasis on sustainable agriculture, project management, and grant writing, in addition to having a solid foundation in urban food production.

 

 

Marylhurst College, M.S. in Food Systems and Society (Portland, Oregon) (Distance Learning Degree)

Program(s) offered: Master of Science

 

Online two-year master’s program that focuses on food systems and social change using inquiry, experience and reflection to study fundamental challenges and approaches involved in developing more equitable and sustainable food systems. Regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Students in the program come to Marylhurst’s campus once per year for a weekend residency.

 

 

University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Sustainable Food & Farming (Amherst, Massachusetts)

Program(s) offered: Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, Certificate

 

All programs are offered online and is designed for those who are intrigued by sustainable agriculture and possible careers in this field.  The major offers flexibility in designing a personal program of study, allowing students to focus on vegetable, fruit and animal systems, permaculture, whole farm production and marketing, agricultural education, public policy, advocacy and community development.  The self-designed, hands-on internship is an enjoyable experiential component of this program that is optional, but highly recommended.

 

 

Michigan State University, Department of Community Sustainability (East Lansing, Michigan)

Program(s) offered: Certificate, B.A. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, M.S.c and Ph.D. in Ecological food and Farming Systems

 

Consistent with its mission to assist in the development of sustainable communities, the department offers three undergraduate majors linked by a common core in community sustainability. These three majors - Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS); Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SPRT); and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education (AFNRE) – share a set of courses centered on community sustainability. The CSUS graduate program offers two graduate majors: Community Sustainability (MS and PhD) and Sustainable Tourism and Protected Areas Management (MS and PhD). In both undergraduate and graduate programs, CSUS embraces international as well as domestic applications, engagement, and opportunities.

 

 

Montana State University, Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems Program (Bozeman, Montana)

Program(s) offered: Bachelor of Science

 

The Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems (SFBS) B.S. degree program is an innovative interdisciplinary program from Montana State University that promotes the sustainable production, distribution, and consumption of food and bioenergy. Experiences include collaborative learning, directed coursework, and hands-on training as while progressing through one of four program options:

 

1. Sustainable Food Systems (Department of Health and Human Development);

2. Sustainable Crop Production (Department of Plant Science and Plant Pathology).

3. Agroecology (Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences); and

4. Sustainable Livestock Production Option  

 

 

University of New Hampshire, Dual Major in EcoGastronomy (Durham, New Hampshire)

Program(s) offered: Dual Major

 

Are you interested in growing food, cooking food, and eating healthfully? Do you want to learn about the complex and holistic nature of our food community? If you answered yes, then get ready to enhance your primary major and expand your professional opportunities with a dual major in EcoGastronomy. Integrating UNH strengths in sustainable agriculture, hospitality management, and nutrition, EcoGastronomy offers a unique academic program emphasizing the interdisciplinary, international, and experiential knowledge that connects all three fields. And as a dual major, the program provides a complement to any primary major. The dual major is:

 

• Experiential: Real world experiences on farms, in kitchens, in labs, and in the community.

• Interdisciplinary: Cross-cutting curriculum including studies in sustainable agriculture, hospitality management, and nutrition.

• International: Foreign experience at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. 

 

 

The New School, Food Studies Program (New York, New York)

Program(s) offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

 

The Food Studies BA/BS degree is offered through The New School's Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students. Led by our expert faculty, you'll explore subjects ranging from food-growing practices and food marketing to global food security and public health issues like obesity and malnutrition. Partnerships with advocacy organizations and culinary schools enable you to supplement your classroom learning with hands-on experience.

Drawing on a number of disciplines, including anthropology, economics, gastronomy, systems design, and public policy analysis, the program prepares you to implement positive changes in food systems by engaging with processes of production, distribution, consumption, and regulation.

 

 

New York University (NYU), Food Studies Program (New York, New York)

Program(s) offered: Master of Arts

 

One of the first master’s degree programs in the US devoted to food scholarship, Food Studies at NYU employs approaches from the humanities and social sciences and prepares you to analyze the current American food system, its global connections, and local alternatives. Examines cultural, political, economic, environmental, and geographic approaches to food within local, urban, and global contexts.

 

 

University of the Pacific, Master of Arts in Food Studies (San Francisco, California)

Program(s) offered: Master of Arts

 

University of the Pacific is pleased to announce the first Food Studies master's degree program on the West Coast, a course of study designed for working professionals with a career or personal interest in food and the ways that people have grown, prepared and profited from it through history and across cultures. The multidisciplinary program will prepare students for success in food-related professions, from food writing to food history, food advocacy, policymaking, sustainability, and business related fields. The program will be offered at Pacific's new state-of-the-art campus in the SoMa (South of Market) district of San Francisco.

 

 

University of Rhode Island, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) Specialization (South Kingstown, Rhode Island)  

Program(s) offered: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

 

SAFS is a graduate specialization takes a systems-based, interdisciplinary approach to the biological and environmental sciences as applied to agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, nutrition, and food safety. Our diverse group of faculty, with contributors from both the natural and social sciences, use a broad array of approaches to help achieve economically and ecologically sustainable production, management, consumption, and utilization of plants and animals for the development of healthy communities.

 

 

Sterling College, Sustainable Food Systems (Craftsbury, Vermont)

Program(s) offered: Bachelor of Arts

 

Studying sustainable food systems means taking an ecological approach to the future of food and food production. Students will examine the social, cultural, and ecological impacts of the way food is produced, consumed, and regarded.

Students will start with an immersion in the food systems of this region of Vermont, with hands-on culinary experiences, field visits to the region's artisanal food producers, seminars in food writing, and intensives in small-scale value-added products such as cheese, meat, and lacto-fermentation.

 

 

Syracuse University, Food Studies Program (Syracuse, New York)

Program(s) offered: Bachelor of Science, Minor, Master of Science, Certificate 

 

Falk's Food Studies programs include a bachelor of science (B.S.), minor, M.S., and Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS). Students learn about the Food industry in areas including food science, organic production, local food movement, genetic modification of food and nanotechnology and food access in the U.S.

 

 

Tufts University, Agriculture, Food and Environment (AFE) Program (Boston, Massachusetts)

Program(s) offered: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Combined Degree Programs

 

To educate future leaders at the nexus of agriculture, food, and environmental science and policy, and empower them by providing rigorous training, an ethic of social change, and an intellectual community generating visions and models of alternative systems. The Agriculture, Food and Environment (AFE) program within the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy fuses the disciplines of nutrition, agricultural science, environmental studies, and public policy. It offers M.S., Ph.D. and combined degree programs, diverse community service and internship placements, and opportunities to participate in research on sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and consumer behavior related to food and the environment. Students in the AFE degree program learn to evaluate the ecological, political, economic and social aspects of food production and distribution. Faculty members come from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

 

 

Unity College, Agriculture, Food, and Sustainability (Unity, Maine)

Program(s) offered: Bachelor of Science

 

Agriculture, Food, and Sustainability majors are farm-focused and community-minded. They are interested in the ways in which local farmers and food enterprises contribute to a healthy food supply — from growing crops and raising animals, all the way through to distribution and fair access to food. They are keenly interested in where their food comes from. They have an innate respect for the land, what it provides, and the people who work it. They are both naturalists and business people.

 

 

University of Vermont, Food Systems Program (Burlington, Vermont)

Program(s) offered: Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Minor

 

Over the past several decades, the University of Vermont (UVM) has established its leadership in food systems research, teaching, and outreach. UVM faculty, staff, and students have developed and maintained this position by embracing transdisciplinary approaches and fostering strong partnerships within the university, state, and beyond that contribute to a culture of collaboration and innovation. Given its strong systems orientation, UVM food systems scholarship encompasses a wide range of topics such as innovative production systems, environmental quality, entrepreneurship, human health and wellbeing, and nutrition. UVM is an academic pioneer in food systems, as the first university in the country to offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Food Systems. UVM’s scale, as a land-grant university in a small state, provides students, staff, and faculty access to both diverse resources and an approachable campus community. This setting sustains relationships that integrate distinct disciplines in the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities

 

  

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (Blacksburg, Virginia)

Program(s) offered: Minor

 

The minor in Civic Agriculture and Food Systems embodies a commitment to developing and strengthening an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable system of agriculture and food systems that relies on local resources and serves local markets and citizens. The minor is committed to serving the needs of all students and is designed to promote academic enhancement, personal growth, and civic engagement while strengthening student's capacity to learn about civic agriculture and food systems through reflection and experiential practice to solve real- world problem.

 

 

Washington State University, Agricultural and Food Systems (Pullman, Washington)

Program(s) offered: Bachelor of Science, Graduate Certificate

 

The Agricultural and Food Systems degree program is an exciting, college-wide, interdisciplinary program that offers a Bachelor of Science degree with five majors from which to choose: Agricultural Technology and Production Management, Agricultural Education, Organic Agriculture Systems, Agricultural and Food Business Economics, Agriculture and Food Security. In each major, emphasis is placed on gaining a solid background in the agricultural sciences, including learning to work with and in the complexity of agriculture and food systems. All students take a core set of classes in order to develop a broad interdisciplinary background while also studying specific subjects that prepare graduates for their chosen fields. An internship related to the students focus area is included in these requirements.

  

 

 

 

Last updated: September 28, 2017

 

 

 

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